I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Going Long by Cari Quinn
Series: Boys of Fall
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing on January 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This time, he'll need to hit all the right notes to win the woman he's always loved...
Wade Bennett is used to coming in second to his seemingly perfect older brother. In high school, Colt was a star linebacker while Wade was the punter, an important job without all of the glory. When Charlene Martinez—the only girl Wade ever truly wanted—fell for Colt, Wade decided to take his chances with music and went on the road. Leaving behind his family, his best friend, Rafe, and Charlene, who had feelings for Wade she never allowed herself to feel.
Years in Nashville quickly hardened the dreamy guy who just wanted to sing and hang out with his dog, Melody. His success has given him more than enough money, even if he knows he’ll never be able to compete with his hometown hero big brother. But after Coach Carr's heart attack, Wade comes home to help the man who helped him make the decision to chase his dreams all those years ago.
Now Wade wants to chase a new dream in his old hometown, especially since Charlene is single again after divorcing Colt. And Wade is no longer a boy unwilling to fight for what—and who—he needs.
Wade Bennett is a famous country singer who’s struggling with his career identity. Feeling as if he’s lost his way, he uses the opportunity of a return home to gain focus. He hasn’t been home much since he graduated high school 12 years before, when his brother got the girl of his dreams, Charlene Martinez. She’s now divorced from his brother, Colt, and looking forward to seeing the one that really got away.
One more thing…
Wade’s purpose in coming home is to help out his former, beloved football coach who’s just had a heart attack. He and his old teammates are reuniting to help run the coach’s ranch while he recuperates.
Elephant in the room
Okay, getting involved with your sibling’s ex has sort of an “ew” factor but I trust this writer and decided to go for it anyway. I’m glad I did because there’s more to this situation than just the vital facts. I was still mildly uncomfortable but it worked.
I liked Wade and I liked Charlene. I’m not sure I got enough to understand what drew them together 12 years ago so when things got hot and heavy really fast, I struggled to catch up. What really worked for me, though, was the strong themes of the small, western town setting. Wade might be wealthy but everyone else works hard to make a living and it’s reflected in their lifestyles and points of view. It adds a level of richness to the story that had me really get who Wade and Charlene are and what really mattered to them.
The bottom line
I enjoyed the story despite my initial apprehension about the Wade/Charlene/Colt dynamic. I also loved the musical angle, especially when Wade’s return to his roots grounds him and shines a guiding light to a new path for his career. One of the best moments? When Gray and Jazz Duffy from the Lost in Oblivion series make an appearance!! And it was a perfect connection. Loved it!